Electrification proposal to be presented to Newton City Council

NEWTON, MA — The final draft Home Rule electrification petition is scheduled to be presented to Newton City Council on Wednesday, February 9.

If passed by the Massachusetts Legislature, the Home Rule petition will allow Newton to move forward with an ordinance that would require all residential and small commercial developments and major renovations to use electricity instead of electricity. fossil fuels for heating, air conditioning and hot water.

“In Newton, more than 60% of our greenhouse gas emissions come from our homes, apartments and commercial buildings,” Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said in a statement. “So the way we heat and cool these buildings, heat our water and keep the lights on as we work to ‘use less and green the rest’.”

“Fortunately, by using cleaner and greener electricity increasingly produced from renewable sources (solar and wind), we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by fossil fuels, the main cause of climate change. climate,” she continued.

Similar rules have been approved at Brookline Arlington, Lexington, Acton and Concord. However, they are still awaiting state approval.

To attend Wednesday’s Public Facilities Committee meeting via Zoom, click here.

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